Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

The Fall 2019 College Volunteer session will run September 8 to December 14. Orientation sessions will be held from 4 to 8 pm on August 27, 28 and 29. Attendance at one orientation is mandatory if you are not volunteering during the Summer 2019 session.

You would make a great volunteer if...

  • You are an enrolled undergraduate with an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare. 
  • You have a proactive demeanor and selfless mindset.
  • You have a professional and positive attitude.
  • You can commit to one 4-hour shift per week during a given session.

We offer volunteers...

  • Experience supporting patients, caregivers and staff on inpatient care units.
  • Exposure to professionals administering patient care in a premier hospital.
  • Service to the community.
  • An opportunity to gain a letter of recommendation for participation in an elite hospital program.

What volunteers may do...

  • Converse with patients
  • Stock medical supplies
  • Change bed linens
  • Organize clinical documents
  • Conduct infection control audits
  • Transport patients via wheelchair
  • Prepare patient rooms for meal time
  • Observe day-to-day activities on a patient care unit
  • Interact with hospital staff including physicians, nurses and advanced practices providers

We do not provide...

  • Shadowing opportunities.
  • Reimbursement for costs associated with the volunteer application process or program.
  • Free parking.
  • Medical or clinical training.
  • Course credits or internships.

To volunteer you must...

  1. Submit an application, which is not complete until documentation for Step 2 is submitted.
  2. Provide you immunization/vaccination records.
    • MMR – Measles, Mumps, rubella
    • Varicella – Chicken pox
    • TB test within 90 days of your start date
    • Flu vaccination the Spring Session only
  3. Call the Volunteer Services office to dictate your social security number
  4. Attend orientation prior to the start date
  5. Complete a background check
  6. Pass on-line training modules

When may I apply?

  • Fall Session (September-December), applications open in June
  • Spring Session (January-May), applications open in October
  • Summer Session (May-August), applications open in March
    * All sessions will close when all assignments have been filled or one week prior to orientation

I have read and understand all above information and wish to apply.

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